Kathy Stephenson serves as the Marketing Communications Director at Pear Bureau Northwest, bringing 30 years of food experience in marketing communications and product development to support the 900 pear-growing families across Washington and Oregon. Her team works to build consumer demand for pears through digital communications, media outreach and branding. In addition, she partners with the retail and foodservice industries to develop programs to promote USA-grown pears through US and Canada.
Prior to working with Pear Bureau Northwest, Kathy provided marketing and advertising management support to Northwest food clients, including Boyd Coffee, Reser’s Fine Foods, Norpac Foods, Oregon Fruit Products LLC, Brucepac Inc., and others. Her marketing experience stretches across consumer, trade, and foodservice segments.
Stephenson earned an MBA from UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif. and a B.S. in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. Kathy lives in rural Portland, Ore., where her family raises Christmas trees and wanders the U-Pick berry fields. With her family, Tim, Ted and Elle, she enjoys outdoor living, sports, and cooking.